Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is the educational component of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program that offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families.
SNAP-Ed is an evidence-based program that helps people lead healthier lives. SNAP-Ed teaches low-income families or individuals — particularly those using or eligible for SNAP — about good nutrition and how to make their food dollars stretch further. SNAP-Ed participants also learn to be physically active.
Download the full infographic: SNAP-Ed Works: 2017 University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed Results (PDF)
In Minnesota, SNAP-Ed is administered through the Minnesota Department of Human Services Office of Economic Opportunity. There are eight implementing agencies that deliver SNAP-Ed in Minnesota: the University of Minnesota Extension (as described below) and the seven Anishinaabe Tribes (Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, Red Lake, and White Earth).
University of Minnesota’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) team helps low-income individuals and families make diet and lifestyle choices to improve their health and prevent obesity. Our education provides Minnesota families with tools and strategies to help counter the effects of food insecurity, poverty, and obesity. The SNAP-Ed team does this by:
- Partnering with organizations to reach individuals and families in their communities.
- Teaching participants how to shop for healthy foods, within a limited budget, at area stores and farmers markets.
- Demonstrating quick, easy, fun ways to prepare healthful, delicious meals.
- Helping communities create and sustain environments that support people in their efforts to eat healthier foods and become more physically active.
- Providing training to community partners on changing practices and systems to create a healthier environment.
We deliver our education:
- To individuals and families, from elementary-school students to older adults, who are eligible for SNAP benefits or other federal assistance programs, or meet our program income guidelines.
- In a variety of community settings, such as food shelves, schools, community centers, and public housing sites.
- Free to all individuals and families who meet income guidelines.
- In English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, and Oromo, depending on the audience needs and availability of educators.
- In every county in Minnesota.
To see SNAP-Ed in action, watch the two and a half minute video below featuring Andrew Doherty, a SNAP-Ed educator and registered dietitian nutritionist:
By partnering together, we can shape the environment so families and individuals gain access to healthy food and tools for making lasting changes. Together, we can make the healthy choice the easy choice for people across Minnesota.
The University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed team can partner with your agency on educational offerings, or on a project for changing practices and systems to create an environment conducive to healthier living.
To get started, contact a SNAP-Ed staff near you (see below). You could also explore our available SNAP-Ed Educational Offerings.
SNAP-Ed Works: 2017 University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed Results (PDF) — Learn about the 2017 SNAP-Ed programming efforts in Minnesota.
2014 SNAP-Ed Impact Evaluation (PDF) — This five-page community report summarizes the results of the 2013-2014 study that assessed the effect of SNAP-Ed programming on youth attitudes and behavior regarding healthy eating and physical activity. See a summary report from this study: SNAP-Ed Instruction Helps Kids Eat Healthier (PDF).
2011 SNAP-Ed Implementation Evaluation (PDF) — This six-page community report summarizes the 2011 study of health and nutrition education in low-income Minnesota communities.
Find a SNAP-Ed educator in your community
Counties served: Beltrami, Cass, Carlton, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, St. Louis and Todd.
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|Jodi Nordlund||Grand Rapidsemail@example.com|
|Elizabeth Quillo||Long Prairiefirstname.lastname@example.org|
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Counties served: Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin.
|Donna Anderson||Park Rapidsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jackie Larson||Fergus Fallsemail@example.com|
Counties served: Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona.
|Beth Labenz||St. Jamesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Milena Nunez Garcia||Rochesteremail@example.com|
Counties served: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Stevens, Swift, Watonwan and Yellow Medicine.
|Rebecca Chelene||Willmar||320-235-0726 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Abdulahi Dohe||Willmar||320-235-0726, Ext. email@example.com|
|Maria Conchita Paez-Sievert||Worthingtonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Counties served: Anoka, Benton, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, McLeod, Meeker, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Wright.
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|Dianne Davis-Kenning||St. Cloudfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hibaq Dualeh||St. Paul||651-704-2055 Extension email@example.com|
|Faro Jones||St. Paul||651-747-2258 Extension firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ann Luke||St. Paul||651-704-2066 Extension email@example.com|
|Hanan Osman||Eden Prairiefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Erin Ostrowski||St. Paul||651-704-2059 Extension email@example.com|
|Angelica Pena||St. Cloudfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Anna Sneltjes||St. Cloudemail@example.com|
|Maria Teresa Thoreson||Farmingtonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Shirley Vang||St. Paul||651-704-2067 Extension email@example.com|
|Gloria Wolf||Eden Prairiefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nimo Yusuf||Eden Prairieemail@example.com|